PROCURING RESILIENCE

Procuring Resilience2018-11-10T21:53:05+00:00

ABOUT

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EVEN WHEN A CITY KNOWS WHAT IT NEEDS AND HOW TO GET IT, PUBLIC PROCUREMENT PROCESSES CAN MAKE IT HARD TO ACCESS NEW, CROSS-CUTTING, OR RESILIENT SOLUTIONS.

Many cities across the United States are home to legacy infrastructure systems, which are not only poorly suited to their current needs but are nearing (or well past) the end of their usable lives. Unfortunately, cash-strapped smaller cities are often forced to make incremental repairs rather than investing in more cost-effective long-term solutions. To break free of this cycle, cities and utilities need new alternatives to access new ideas, new partners, and new money and escape old ‘pieces-and-parts’ procurement approaches. Put simply: cities must be able to buy things differently in order to buy different things.

A number of big cities and counties like AtlantaBostonPhiladelphia, and Prince George’s County have been experimenting with procurement tools — like Requests for Ideas (RFIs), design competitions and challenges, and performance contracts — to do just that. However, many smaller cities haven’t had the same opportunities to benefit from these tools.

The Procuring Resilience Opportunities (PRO) brought together city and utility leaders from 7 small- and mid-size cities alongside a select group of private sector water innovators to explore how “big city” procurement tools can be adapted to meet the needs of smaller communities and jumpstart progress towards upgrading legacy water infrastructure systems.

THE TEAM

The Procuring Resilience Opportunities (PRO) project is a collaborative program developed and led by re:focus and The Atlas with assistance from the US Water Alliance. Support for this project was provided by a generous grant from The Kresge Foundation.

PARTNER CITIES & UTILITIES

SEVEN CITIES WERE NOMINATED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PRO WORKSHOP BY THE ATLAS MARKETPLACE.

Each city was selected for its leadership and ongoing efforts to deal with some of the most complex and intractable legacy water system challenges—from lead pipe replacement to drought, sea-level rise, and flooding—facing smaller cities today.

REPORTS

The Procuring Resilience Opportunities (PRO) final report builds on the lessons learned from the PRO workshop in May 2018 and pulls together guidance for small- and medium-sized cities across the US. The result is a comprehensive toolkit and decision aid for cities and utilities interested in exploring how different procurement pathways—including Requests for Ideas, competitions, and performance-based contracts—can help their communities tackle critical water system challenges.

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MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS

Read more about the innovative companies, social businesses, and NGOs working to transform our nation’s water infrastructure who also participated in the PRO workshop as implementing partners:

Quantified Ventures | SCAPE | OptiRTC, Inc. | Infrashares | RePipe | Meridiam NA | RISE | 120WaterAudit 

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